Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
no deal's reached, barack obama and democrats immediately propose to relower the tax rates to bush levels for all but the top 2%, and republicans find themselves opposing it on behalf of their millionaire friends will be the democratic charge. so that's kind of a nightmare scenario for democrats, and it's why you saw john boehner, speaker of the house, offer to raise taxes on americans who mange more than $1 million a year. patti ann: yeah. so the idea, though, behind this fiscal cliff is that it was supposed to have items in it that were unacceptable to both sides so that both sides would be motivated to not go over that cliff with the understanding that they might not be able to fix it all with legislation after the fact. so are there items in there that democrats would really not want to see enacted with the fear that maybe they couldn't get them rolled back? >> well, you're right, but it wasn't quite equal. the two big disasters of the fiscal cliff are, one, tax cuts, tax rates going up for everybody, and, two, all of these automatic spending cuts in place. but democrats feel confiden
Dec 31, 2012 12:00pm EST
the debt that was left for president obama to deal with. so for republicans to throw their hands up in the air to say they have no claim to any portion of this debt is completely ridiculous. host: ok. sure. caller: i am unemployed. i have been unemployed for the last several months. i am a financial controller by trade. it is extremely difficult to find employment. i would truly appreciate for something to be settled today to it least give me my additional benefits i was originally granted but now is continued until the 29. host: thank you for joining us unsell -- thank you for joining us from california. the house republican whip sent out a memo earlier this afternoon saying that we do expect to have a series of votes later this afternoon. "today's schedule remains very fluid. members are advised to remain close to the capitol. please stay as flexible as possible as we move through the day. i will do my best to keep you updated." that is from the house republican whip. the house stands in recess at the moment. within the last half hour, the president weighing in on this. he spoke t
Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
on boehner and obama getting into a room together and making a deal, you'd have lost a lot of money over the last couple of years. on the other hand, when reid and mcdonnell, the two senate leaders get into a room together, they somehow seem to be able to find an accommodation. i think there's much more for compromise with the senate leaders. let them make a deal, i'm sure reid is talking to the president and conversely, mcconnell is talking to boehner what they can go for, but probably to have the actual deal making going on between the two senate leaders. >> dave: chris, i want to say farewell, last time i'll chat with you on air and always a pleasure having a conversation with you on sunday mornings, we appreciate it. >> i know that, david. and i'm sorry to see you leave. better you know, i hope better things for you and going to miss our back and forth about the michigan wolverines. (laughter) >> you or dave always have to get a dig in. >> dave: enjoyed it, chris and thank you, we'll watch the show today. it's a good one. >> clayton: check your local listings, chris, thanks so much.
Dec 26, 2012 9:00am PST
.com/drive. >>> president obama is heading back from his holiday vacation in hawaii early in case there is a last-minute deal. the senate returns from christmas break tomorrow. house leaders say they're prepared to call members back if there is an agreement. joining us to talk about this is john avalon. he's a senior political columnist for "newsweek" and "the daily beast." we're here again. it's like groundhog day. we don't think there's going to be any kind of grand bargain at this point. what are the short-term measures? what's the best thing to hope for in the next six days? >> the best thing we can hope for is they get back to work again, suzanne. from all reports leadership isn't even talking to each other at this point. so it really is urgent. with six days left, the clock is ticking and the countdown is going on. this is not something abstract on the washington level. people need to appreciate if the country goes over the fiscal cliff, it will impact the bottom line as well. money out of their pocket in the form of tax hikes. >> we have stop gap measures. there are some things they can do